Sounders-Sporting Kansas City Preview
Amid a hectic schedule that’s already included games in Panama
and Texas, the Seattle Sounders are forced to hit the road once
During that trip, the Sounders will have to face a Sporting
Kansas City club attempting to extend a franchise-best unbeaten run
and maintain its undefeated home record Saturday night.
Seattle prevailed 2-0 in overtime at home over Panama’s San
Francisco FC on Wednesday to advance to the group stages of the
CONCACAF Champions League. That victory, however, also added six
more games to the Sounders’ schedule, beginning Aug. 16 against
Guatemalan club Comunicaciones.
Before resuming international play, Seattle (10-5-8) will have a
couple of league matchups as it tries to bounce back from the end
of a franchise-best, nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3).
The Sounders allowed two early goals last Saturday en route to
their 3-1 defeat in Houston and are expected to face more
sweltering heat in Kansas City, where the forecast calls for
temperatures in the mid-90’s at kickoff.
To try to combat potential fatigue, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid
said Wednesday that he was planning on bringing 20 players on this
trip, a couple more than usual.
The Sounders won’t play again until hosting Chivas USA next
Saturday but will have two games per week for much of the following
“We’ll look how people are and how they recover,” he told the
league’s website. “We’ll travel with 20 … so we don’t have to fly
someone in last minute.”
The Sounders might need all the help they can get against a team
6-0-8 in its last 14 overall and 4-0-4 at the new Livestrong
Sporting Park. Seattle, though, handed Kansas City (7-6-9) its
previous defeat, 1-0 on May 21, and has won both road games in this
In its third of nine straight home games, Sporting KC prevailed
2-0 against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday as Teal Bunbury scored his
second goal in as many contests.
“The guys have really dug down deep to get us back to where we
are right now,” coach Peter Vermes said. “It’s a credit to them and
their perseverance and work ethic game in and game out.”
Roger Espinoza also tallied his second career MLS goal before
drawing a red card and suspension for this match. Sporting KC has
also lost four straight to the Sounders in league play.
Alvaro Fernandez, who had the lone goal in last week’s defeat,
also scored during a 2-1 win at Kansas City on Oct. 9. Jeff Parke
scored in the 90th minute during the matchup in May at CenturyLink
Sporting Kansas City earned its lone win in five matchups on
April 11, 2009. Davy Arnaud, currently out following sports hernia
surgery, scored the only goal to hand Seattle its first MLS